Hoarah Loux stands in front of the Erdtree in an Elden Ring boss fight.
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The guardian of the Erdtree is no slouch

Hourah Loux, Warrior is one of the last bosses you fight in Elden Ring before the actual final boss(es). The gatekeeper of the Erdtree is a long and punitive fight, where one wrong movement, one miscalculated dodge, can cost your life.

To help you in this herculean task, we’ve prepared this Elden Ring guide on how to beat Hourah Loux, including details on weaknesses, how to prepare, and how to dodge Hourah Loux’s moves.

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Hoarah Loux, Warrior location in Elden Ring

To face Hoarah Loux, you need to progress up to Leyndell, Ashen Capital, which is Elden Ring’s final area. The arena where you fight this boss is located further into the capital, after the Queen’s Bedchamber. Once that’s done, the Hoarah Loux fight begins.


Hoarah Loux weaknesses and how to prepare

Hoarah Loux is among the strongest bosses in the game. Considering that you can only face him close to the end of Elden Ring, you should be at least level 140 to fight him. Any lower than that, and you’ll see half of your health bar depleted if you get hit by even one of his attacks.

While Hoarah Loux doesn’t have any major weaknesses for you to exploit, slash-type weapons are the best ones against him, since he has lower resistance against that type of damage. Lightning works pretty well too.

Besides upgrading your beast armor and weapons, you can also complete a couple of sidequests to guarantee that you can summon a NPC to help you in this fight. By completing the Nepheli Loux and Shabiri questlines, their signs will appear in front of the entrance to the arena. Consider going through these side quests so you can summon both characters to find alongside you.

Other options are using Spirit Ashes or multiplayer to beat the boss.


How to beat Hoarah Loux in Elden Ring

Just like other major encounters, such as against Maliketh, the fight against Hoarah Loux has two phases. In the first one, the boss will go by his older name, Godfrey, First Elden Lord. After a short cutscene, he comes back in his second phase but now as Hoarah Loux. Below, you find explanations about each phase and the best strategies to deal with them.

Godfrey, First Elden Lord, first boss fight phase

The first part of this fight is pretty similar to the previous encounter you had with Godfrey, even though you were fighting a spectral version of the first Elden Lord. The most basic move that he will constantly use is to swipe his massive axe at you in sequence. Dodging these attacks is a matter of learning their timing and rolling to the opposite side.

The best window to hit Godfrey is when he tries to hit you with heavy blows which forces him not to move for a moment after finishing the animation. Always try to attack him after Godfrey has acted first. Trying to hit him before seeing his moves is dangerous.

An Elden Ring player dodges an attack from Godfrey in a boss fight.
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In case you’re too far from him, he can perform a simple dash toward you, or he can jump at you, or jump and throw his axe at you. The best way to respond to any of these scenarios is to roll far from him. In all of them, Godfrey follows up his gap-closer move with an attack which might be tricky to dodge when you’re still learning the fight.

Godfrey jumps toward an Elden Ring player in a boss fight.
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During this phase, you also need to deal with his stomp attack which forms a frontal cone of spikes coming from the ground. Rolling sideways is a good way to avoid this attack, but if you learn the time, try jumping which you can follow up with a heavy attack. Pay attention to his leg and prepare to jump.

Godrey winds up a stomp attack in an Elden Ring boss fight.
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As the fight goes on, Godfrey starts using a variation of this stomp attack. In this second version, he still raises his foot but he hits the ground with the small part of his axe, sending a shockwave around him and lifting spikes from the ground in the whole area. Get as far as you can to avoid getting hit.

An Elden Ring player dodges a stomp attack from Godfrey in a boss fight.
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He also has a large area-of-effect attack. He begins by performing a vertical frontal attack with his axe and hitting the ground.

Godrefy raises an axe during an Elden Ring boss fight.
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However, right after this, you can see Godfrey using his leg to force the axe into the ground, emitting a shockwave.

Godfrey slams an axe into the ground during an Elden Ring boss fight.
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A massive fissure appears in the area. Godfrey then pulls his axe from the ground, causing an explosion covering a vertical slice of the arena. To avoid getting hit by such a deadly ability, once you are safe from the initial move, get far from him to escape the shockwave and the explosion.

As you might expect, Godfrey mixes these moves. However, once you learn how to identify them and exploit the right moments to hit him, you’ll make it through. Then it’s time to finally face Hoarah Loux.


Hoarah Loux, Warrior, second boss fight phase

In his new form, Hoarah Loux née Godfrey has a shorter list of attacks, making your life easier when it comes to memorizing them. However, they hit way harder than those during the first phase. Choosing the wrong moment to drink a flask or attack him is enough to get hit by two of his abilities and thus die.

During this phase, there are two lesser dangerous attacks that Hoarah Loux uses. In both scenarios, you don’t want to let him get near you — if they connect, you’re locked in the attack’s animation and will take a lot of damage. In the first, he runs toward you with raised arms.

Hoarah Loux runs toward an Elden Ring player in a boss fight.
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The second, meanwhile, is a sequence of swipes with his claws.

Hoarah Loux swings his arms at an Elden Ring player during a boss fight.
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The stomp move is back but is now followed up by a sweep attack. Because of that, jumping right in front of Hourah Loux to avoid the initial shockwave is not the best idea. Roll toward him and try to get behind him.

Hourah Loux jumps at an Elden Ring player during a boss fight.
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The fissure move from phase one is also back. However, this time, instead of using his axe, Hoarah hits the ground with the two hands in sequence, causing two shockwaves. After a few seconds, he pulls his hands creating an explosion in a circle around him.

Hoarah Loux raises his hand during an Elden Ring boss fight.
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Hoarah has two new moves in this second phase that you should be careful with. The first is a scream attack that can destabilize you and is followed by a powerful sequence of attacks.

The other move is a massive AoE attack that he starts using once low on health. You know he is about to use this ability because he raises one of his feet — similar to how he does before the stomp attacks — but has both arms raised.

Hourah Loux performs an area of effect attack during an Elden Ring boss fight.
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This pose precedes two shockwaves that cover a large part of the arena and also lift spikes from the ground around his body. Once you see he is going to use this ability, run and try to roll the moment he hits the ground sending the shockwave.

With that done, we’re on the home straight. You can now enter the Erdtree and face Elden Ring’s final encounter, which is made of two boss fights in sequence. First, you face Radagon of the Golden Order. Once that fight is over, you’ll fight the Elden Beast.


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